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BOOK REVIEW: 'America's Expiration Date'

"If America doesn't learn from history," Cal Thomas writes, "our own and the world's -- we are likely to suffer the fate of other great nations, rotting from within before either being conquered from without by an invading army or collapsing under the weight of self-indulgence, decadence, debt, a sense of entitlement, greed and envy.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., second from right, gives pens to, from left, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., after she signed the resolution to transmit the two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate for trial on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. The two articles of impeachment against Trump are for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

House impeachment will be a 'permanent stain' on Dems' legacy

The contrast could not have been starker. One picture showed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi smiling as she signed (with numerous pens) two articles of impeachment against President Trump. The other picture was of President Trump signing phase one of a new trade deal with China.

Anti-abortion activists march outside of the U.S. Supreme Court, during the March for Life in Washington Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) **FILE**

Unseen millions March for Life

These warriors work day after day to change laws, educate about what abortion looks like, and offer help to women in the midst of a crisis pregnancy. As they converge for their 47th year to march to the Supreme Court, I can't help but imagine what it would look like if the march included the children whose lives were legally snuffed out before they ever took their first breath.

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg speaks to supporters Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Bloomberg's wrong answer to income inequality

Inequality and economic growth have been central themes in national elections since John Kennedy's campaign. The Clintons, Barack Obama and the latest crop headed by Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg want to give us freer access to health care, higher education (and debt forgiveness), child care and the like by taxing the wealthy.

Abuse of Executive Power Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

President can not initiate a war without congressional approval

America's latest round of hostilities with Iran has sparked a renewed debate about the limits of executive power in war and foreign policy, and in so doing has exposed a dangerous philosophy on the neoconservative right: the notion that the president can initiate a war without congressional approval.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.,, center, speaks as fellow candidates businessman Tom Steyer, from left, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. listen, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Democrats take stage, wave bye-bye

- The Washington Times

When House Democratic managers tromp to the Senate Wednesday to caterwaul their contempt for President Trump, saddened onlookers will wonder this: Where's the Democratic Party we once knew, and to which some of us once belonged?

Illustration on Iranian proxies by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Trump rejects the fake separation between Iran and its militias

In the days following the targeted killing of Iranian Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani, a pro-Hezbollah tabloid in Lebanon featured on its front cover a full-page picture of the collapsed U.S. Marine barracks, which a Hezbollah suicide bomber had turned to rubble in October 1983. The message was hardly subtle.

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BOOK REVIEW: 'Many Rivers to Cross'

Peter Robinson's fictional character Detective Superintendent Alan Banks has been the protagonist of a long series of popular crime novels, beginning with 1987's "Gallows View." Originally a detective working in London, Banks grew disillusioned with the big city and transferred to a fictional English town near Yorkshire called Eastvale.

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